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Lynne (LynneJoyce) had inspired me to try my hand at chilli jam and helped me along. I’d taken these pics to e-mail to her as a pictorial progress report. She liked the pics and suggested I post them to celebrate global cooperation. I loved the idea Smile

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Now the end product here – V4 – was not a success in terms of consistency but ace for flavour. The consistency failure was due to laziness in following the steps properly. My bad Sad

Unfortunately, as yummy as it was, it wasn’t edible. Just too flipping hot. The mini jalapenos I used – Vs 1 and 2 – were lethal. They should be combined with other things like bell peppers if you wanna make a jam. OR one should just use normal green chillies. I’m in the process of modifying it, though. If I can’t tame it, I might offer it to NASA as rocket fuel.

V3 is some ingredients in the pan just before firing up the hob.

V5: Before cooking, I’d knocked out and rinsed out lots of seeds and dried ‘em to sow. I found it interesting that the cut up chillies continued to ripen over time! Never say die, huh?

A Smile


PS This is not the first instance of global cooperation. Ann (EAS) got me into a soup making frenzy a couple of years ago Smile

PPS *HUGE THANKS* to Pamela (pamelajean) and Ed (Glostopcat) for their wonderful User Awards on ‘Mr. Saddlebags’ SmileSmile And thanks so much for the info and link about the pollen, Pamela. Thanks to Ade and CarolG for their info too.

Camera:Olympus E-PL1
Lens:Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Just Chillin' & Jammin'
Username:ChiliMan ChiliMan
Uploaded:2 Jun 2012 - 2:28 PM
Tags:Chilli, Condiment, Cooking, Cuisine, Food, Green, Jalapeno, Jam, Jam making, Photo journalism, Specialist / abstract
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CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7128 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece16 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 2:43 PM

Another 'jammer' in progress, I see, AndrewSmile I have ben making cherry jam for the past couple of days, the tree is over-laden with ripe fruit, and I hate to see waste. This is a cracking set of images, most interesting, and I dare you to eat a cracker and chili jam for your high tea tonight Wink Carol

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 2:52 PM

LOL...no chance, Carol Grin

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41028 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England133 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 2:52 PM

More a 'kill or cure' medicine than a jam. Or... not so much as a preserve, more an embalming ointment!

Nice try though, Andrew

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 2:53 PM

Dave, I might smear some on my chilli plants to try and kill any invading grasshoppers Grin

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dmhuynh72
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 628 forum postsdmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 3:41 PM

It must have taken a lot of time to get those seeds out of the chillies, and good effort and looks to good to eat but I guess it is too hot for me too, Brilliant series Andrew.
regards
Yung

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andylea
andylea  537 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 3:52 PM

wonderful set andrew you have been busy v1 for me today brilliant light and detail love the shadows a cracker nice one Wink
andy

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CaroleS
CaroleS e2 Member 429 forum postsCaroleS vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 3:54 PM

Love V1 with all those hot little chillies! You must have taken ages to deseed them! Carole

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annettep38
annettep38 e2 Member 3186 forum postsannettep38 vcard France30 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 4:13 PM

after finishing to giggle and gasping for air - i remembered why... some years ago we bought capsicum seeds in Italy. what looked on the bag like perfectly harmless smallish capsicum turned out to be lethal round chilies. You of all people know best what the pickle was like. I still live of those I dried 3 years ago.
My advice would be Make a tomato jam and mix 1:1.
And yes I love the whole thing.

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 7394 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom967 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 4:15 PM

Somehow, I think I'd prefer them raw... Though don't despair of the jam, a teaspoonful could liven up a soup or casserole no end!
Moira

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 4:18 PM

Annette, thank you SO much for your UA SmileSmile Made my day big time.

Now I knew the mini jalapenos would be hot...I mean, they're still jalapenos. BUT, I didn't realise how hot. I took a tiny bite of the tip of one and my lips burned and part of my tongue too. Despite that, I still went ahead and made the jam. But hey, we live and learn, eh?? Grin

I've added two large red capsicums but yet to blitz the whole thing. I think I may need to add more. Maybe onions caramelised with balsamic vinegar.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 4:18 PM

good to see the chilli jam in progress, your story of it and its potency had me in stitches Grin
it was good to see your lighting set up too, thanks Smile
lesley x

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 4:21 PM

Moira, Lynne mentioned how it could add to things and that's a good idea, actually. They taste not bad raw. I had one, sans seeds, with some noodles. But they don't have the lovely smell and taste of bird chillies. I'm more a savoury than sweet person anyway, so I'll get another lot and make a chilli sambal with it. Or a relish Smile

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 4:22 PM

Hey, no prob, Ccat Smile Don't think I've sent you two more pics of the setup with the black paper. Have I? Think the jalapenos burned my brain a bit Grin

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 4:26 PM

no, not seen the black pepper. have PM'd you Smile

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mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 4:28 PM

I doubt it would have been as hot as the home made whisky my father used to make Andrew.
But he did get in a bit of a jam when he got caught making it !!
My mother was the home made soup maker,and very nice it was too.
Provided she laid of my fathers home made whisky that is !!
Good set.
Mick.

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 5:12 PM

haha i've got peppers on the brain. not seen the black paper either Wink

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ChiliMan
ChiliMan e2 Member 7135 forum postsChiliMan vcard Singapore17 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 5:30 PM

I'll send you the black paper pics then, Ccat Smile

Mick, can you imagine...chilli whisky...scary burn...

Grin

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Gerryrys
Gerryrys  2 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 5:46 PM

Love anything to do with chillies. Very well presented.

Gerry

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woolybill1
woolybill1 e2 Member 7woolybill1 vcard United Kingdom65 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 6:14 PM

What a fab story, Andrew (and others).
So it's not right for my Sunday morning toast, it appears.
Smile
Regards
Bill

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AnnChown
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2 Jun 2012 - 6:54 PM

Wonderful wonderful wonderful! A day in the life of The ChilliMan; I'm so sorry the jam didn't work Andrew, but you have provided us all with a lot of laughter and fun! Loved the images - especially v1 and v4. My humble award comes to you for all your hard work, both culinary and photographic!
Ann

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cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 6:57 PM

well done you on the UA's Smile

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Michaela_Solway
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2 Jun 2012 - 6:57 PM

I love chillies kitchen is themed on them, & I have grown them.. Lovely little reportage of a chilli journey

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2 Jun 2012 - 7:08 PM

v4 certainly looks good Andrew Smile
Helen

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taggart
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 7:56 PM

OH, Yes, You will have some wonderful jam! It will go so well with some cream cheese!

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AnneWorner
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2 Jun 2012 - 8:30 PM

Hot, hot, hot Wink

Anne

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ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
2 Jun 2012 - 8:32 PM

A UA from me for all the effort in both the images and write up, Brilliant.

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Anna_W
Anna_W  2 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2012 - 9:18 PM

Don't know much about chilli jam, but this sounds as though it could blow the top of your head off - good luck with toning it down a bit Andrew but, failing that, it could always be used to heat the whole of Birmingham for next winter Smile I really like the clean lines and simplicity of v1 but the whole series is excellent.
Regards
Anna

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Glostopcat
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3 Jun 2012 - 12:22 AM

That Chilli jam sounds too hot to handle, your write up was most entertaining as always and if your culinary skills are anywhere near as good as your photography skills you will produce something really special the next time you try to make something with those chilis

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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom97 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2012 - 12:35 AM

Honestly Andrew, you wuss, threatening to make it milder. All you need to do is use less, or develop a stronger palate like all my chilli jam fans! Just the tiniest smear with cheese is all you need.

Seriously, I know what you mean. Last Autumn I made chilli jam with the chillies the gardener planted and it was rocket fuel. This Spring I made 40 kilos of a slightly milder version and I got complaints from the people I gave it to in Spain because it wasn't as hot as the last batch. There's just no pleasing some people.

Love the photos and I need a supplier for those ultra hot mini jalapeños of yours then I can make another batch that my Spanish fans will be happy with!

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2012 - 11:27 AM

I make pepper jam every year, but you are right...it isn't all chilis, it also has other milder peppers in it. Don't give up on the jam, it would make a good flavoring for your soups etc.

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bunbeam
bunbeam  8 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2012 - 12:00 AM

nice !!!!!
bunSmile

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JimV
JimV e2 Member 8JimV vcard Canada3 Constructive Critique Points
5 Jun 2012 - 6:02 AM

Wonderful set of progressive shots Andrew, just a pity the end result was a bit over the top with heat, better luck next time!
Rgds., Jim
PS. I see Joline has given you a use for your concoction, just go easy with it, seems like a little will go a long way! Smile

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PinkK
PinkK  580 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
13 Jun 2012 - 2:24 PM

Great set, love the simplicity of V1 Smile

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